Association of Student Assistance Professionals
ASAP - The Association of Student Assistance Professionals Guidelines
Nominations for ASAP State
Please review the attached ASAP nomination information and email Jason directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or are interested in learning more. These positions are a way to get involved at the State level and be a voice for our role.
Here are the descriptions of the available positions. CLICK HERE
SET YOUR CALENDAR
International Stress Awareness Week (Nov. 2-5)
Anti-Bullying Awareness Week (Nov. 14-18)
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 12-20)
National Career Development Week (Nov. TBA)
International Stress Awareness Day (Nov. 2)
World Kindness Day (Nov. 13)
International Day for Tolerance (Nov. 16 )
National Career Development Day (Nov. TBA)
National Parental Involvement Day (Nov. 17)
World Adoption Day (Nov. 9)
International Survivors of Suicide Day (Nov. 19)
National Adoption Day (Nov. 19)
Transgender Day Of Remembrance (Nov. 20)
National Family Health History Day (Nov. 24)
Headlines and Happenings Around the Counties
They are seeing an increase in marijuana screenings and risk assessments
They are looking for spanish speaking screeners and clinicians there is a gap in their community
There is a new prevention HUB, which will mean an end to school-based funded services. Grant-based services will stop. There will be a warmline available from 9am-4pm
They had a fabulous speaker from GenPsych Ira Hayes who gives support for school refusal.
They had new signs from the NJ prevention network. Awesome sign for stopping tobacco and marijuana at school. Available free to districts.
There is a job opening at the Belville High School level, although it is published as a replacement, they will offer two full-time positions for next year.
They welcomed a large number of new SACs to the county meeting. They offered a SAC 101 meeting to give some support to the new hires.
They had several self-care fairs across the count they shared the contacts for each one to help each other. Participating districts were Scotchplains Berkley Cranford, Westfield. They will send pictures, hopefully.
They had a luncheon sponsored by High Focus and any attended in person.
They have a large number of new SACs and almost certified SACs.
They are looking for speakers.
Overwhelmed by the referrals for reasonable suspicion and for mental health.
They are struggling to have parent response and involvement, they want that connection.
The first meeting of the year was a success
Holding their meetings with some being in-person and some virtual.
CIACC in this county shared many agencies and a lot of resources.
They are also noticing an uptick in the number of mental health issues and concerns and are grateful for the resources and collaboration.
Monmouth County does hold its meetings in person. They rotate locations to each school or an agency to build community.
The topic of the meeting was focused on the impact of the legalization of marijuana and suicide prevention
Lauren Sacs is a talented speaker and spoke about concussions and their impact on mental health and emerging depression. She brings to light a connection between athlete suicides and the concussion syndrome and brain issues caused.
Info shared from New Jersey Citizen Action
Key Facts About 988 (Established through the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act)
· 988 is the first nationwide number to offer 24/7 behavioral health crisis call services.
· Scheduled to go live July 16, 2022.
Between the Bells
Do you need support for families that have food insecurity?
https://hungerfreenj.org/help/ you will find a comprehensive list of resources for food and meals as organized by the group “Hunger Free New Jersey”. Note that the link for the 2-1-1 Directory has six options listed and these include “home-delivered meals” (see “Older Adults” and “Individuals with Disabilities”) and Formula/Baby Food (see “Immediate Food” and “Infants and Children” ).
Thank you for sharing this within your network of contacts as may be appropriate.
A COMPREHENSIVE DIRECTORY OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN NJ
Director of NJ 211, “we're committed to making it easy to get help when it’s needed most”.
More information on the partnership, income limits, and applications is online. While some individuals and families may not be eligible for some utility assistance programs, community resource specialists can help explore other local resources.
This is from the Secaucus Coordinator for Red Ribbon Week.
My name is Dave Bratton, and I serve as the coalition coordinator for the Town of Secaucus. The Secaucus Coalition has a youth coalition called KAI (Knowledge. Action. Impact.).
For this year’s Red Ribbon Week, we created something called the “What If…?” campaign and based it on the look of the Marvel/Disney+ streaming show.
At a conference this past summer, some of my student leaders indicated that their peers didn’t know what to do or where to turn in certain situations. Our goal was to create a campaign that gave teens actionable information in order to address issues of vaping/bullying/suicide.
Please feel free to take a look at the images if you’d be so inclined. The QR codes included link to national sites and can be a resource for any student in the United States. If you think this could benefit other coalitions around the country, please feel free to forward if you wish. If anyone does desire to utilize the campaign, we ask only that they acknowledge the Secaucus Coalition and KAI as the originators of the content.
The Secaucus Coalition
1203 Paterson Plank Road
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Office: (201) 330 2000 Ext. 3164
Alcohol Treatment Resource Guide
Take the first step in recovery. Contact a treatment provider today to learn more about alcoholism treatment facilities nearby.
Before starting the treatment process, a person must first recognize their condition and have a desire to quit drinking. Sometimes, an individual may acknowledge they have a drinking problem on their own. Other times, family members or friends may stage an alcohol intervention. This involves loved ones expressing their concerns about the person’s excessive drinking patterns. An intervention also helps to start the discussion about treatment and support options that are available.
NJ Quit Line for Quitting Tobacco
FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, MULTILINGUAL PHONE COUNSELING:
Call the NJ Quitline at 1-866-NJ-STOPS
(1-866-657-8677) to talk to a Quit Coach.
A trained Quit Coach who has years of counseling experience will listen – without judgment – and help you to create a plan for quitting, including how to cope with cravings and ways to avoid slips and relapse.
Quit Coach Hours:
Monday-Friday 8 AM-9 PM
Saturday 8 AM-7 PM
Sunday 9 AM- 5 PM
Web-enrollment is available 24/7 and someone will reach out.
Fax-to-Quit from provider;
Toll free 1-866-NJ STOPS;
Change is ALWAYS POSSIBLE
These guides do a great job of addressing this key issue for people of color *and* their allies:
- Live Another Day - Extensive information on mental health and substance use resources for people of color. Their mission is equal access to life-saving resources. They have guides for black, Latinx, Asian, and native people.
- Detox Local - A great resource with information on safely quitting drugs and alcohol. They have an extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for the AAPI (American Asian and Pacific Islander) community.
Share with Parents ways to Prepare to Take Action if You Suspect Teen or Young Adult Drug Use
If you’ve just discovered or have reason to believe your child is using nicotine, alcohol or drugs, the first thing to do is sit down and take a deep breath. We know this is scary, but you’re in the right place. Take a beat and prepare for the important conversation ahead. Some brief preparation now can lay a foundation for more positive outcomes ahead.
Safely disposing of expired or unused medicine is critical to helping protect your kids, family and home. And it decreases the opportunity for visitors in your home, like your kids’ friends, to abuse medicine as well.
One Pill Can Kill -DEA Campaign
- Criminal drug networks are mass-producing fake pills and falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills to deceive the American public.
- Fake pills are easy to purchase, widely available, often contain fentanyl or methamphetamine, and can be deadly.
- Fake prescription pills are easily accessible and often sold on social media and e-commerce platforms, making them available to anyone with a smartphone, including minors.
- Many fake pills are made to look like prescription opioids such as oxycodone (Oxycontin®, Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), and alprazolam (Xanax®); or stimulants like amphetamines (Adderall®).